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post #31 of 36 Old 07-23-2010, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by AmberPick View Post

For those of you who have them at home, what do you do when you go on vaca?
Whats a vacation?

Seriously, between my 5 and my rescues I'm never under 10 horses. My vacation is driving to town twice a month to pay bills and buy feed.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #32 of 36 Old 07-28-2010, 11:05 AM
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We have our own barn. I have never boarded, so I don't have that to compare to. Really the only drawbacks I've found are the lack of indoor arena (though plenty of boarding facilities don't have that either) and the never day a day off thing. Even if we are all sick, we can't say "Oh, I'm just not going to go to the barn today.."
We have a WONDERFUL petsitter who takes care of our animals when we go on vacation. The horses are no problem for her. We do have to send our german shepherd to a kennel, because he won't let her in the house lol. Our horses are very easy to take care of though. Our barn is set up with doors that open from the stalls to the paddock/pasture. We leave the doors open so that the horses can come and go as they please. Stalls don't get that dirty very quickly since they are never shut in their stalls (unless waiting for the farrier, vet etc) and none of them have any major special needs, so the petsitter really just has to feed and water them.
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post #33 of 36 Old 07-28-2010, 11:14 AM
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Obie is boarded.
We have no where to put him at home.
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post #34 of 36 Old 07-29-2010, 08:55 AM
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I keep my girl at home. There are pro and cons to this...

I know she is getting the care I want for her
I don't have to drive anywhere to see her
I wake up in the morning and look out my bedroom window and see her
She whinnies every time I go outside

No one else to talk "horsey" to that is excited about horses like I am
No one to ride with
She is by herself
No vacations/horseless camping trips
Full price barn calls
extra charge for farrier for 1 horse

I hope to one day run my own boarding facility and then I can have the best of both worlds! :)

Owned by a BEAUTIFUL, very SPOILED Palomino Appaloosa:
Sheza Flash of Gold "Serenity"
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post #35 of 36 Old 07-29-2010, 01:09 PM
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I own my own. We sit on 80 acres. My barn is nothing fancy. But it is a barn! When. We go on vacation my neighbor watches the animals. As I do for him when he goes on vacation. Lol
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post #36 of 36 Old 07-29-2010, 01:11 PM
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I keep my horses at home and like that best. I like to be able to walk out of the door any time of day or night and see my horses. They also come to the gate to get me if they need me or anything scary is going on.
Boarding can be good in the right place. If you really have a good professional barn it can really free up your time.
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